Translators of the Romanian national poet Mihai Eminescu travelled to Constanta, on the shores of the Black Sea, to be present at the unveiling of his statue mid-August 1934. Among them was the English activist Sylvia Pankhurst with her Italian husband and their seven-year-old son Richard. He recalls: "She fell in love with Romania, its beautiful countryside and fine peasant costumes, and spent many happy days admiring the Byzantine-style paintings in its medieval churches. As a child I found these inspections in the summer heat almost unending. . . ." The Pankhursts studiously collected folklore picture postcards and photos, which are now at the IISH.