Louis-Messidor-Lebon Petitot (French, 1794-1862)
Numa Pompilius
Terracotta, 8 3/4 x 16 in.

The subject of this relief is taken from the novel Numa Pompilius, written by Jean-Pierre Claris, Chevalier de Florian (1755-1794). It depicts the moment when Numa bids farewell to his father Pomponius, as he leaves to succeed Romulus as King of the Romans.