According to Plutarch (circa 46 -119 AD), Numo Pompilio (715 - 673 BC) was the second King of Rome after Romulus. He was chosen by a council without Pompilio's knowledge and was notified by the ambassadors Proculo and Veleso. Initially rejecting the offer because of his pacifist views, his intellectual interests and rural mentality, he was convinced to accept by Marcio.
HISTORY OF THE SERIES:
This series is believed to have been designed in the 1660s and to have been sold through the merchants Forchoudt in Antwerp. Their inventories first mention the series in 1669 in two entries as a set of eight tapestries and another of six panels while it is mentioned again in 1670, 1675, 1677 and 1678 (each time in reference to Jan Frans Cornelissen) and again in 1681 and 1682 (in reference to Anna Maria Wauters). (N. Forti Grazzini, Il Patrimonio del Quirinale, Gli Arazzi, Rome, 1994, vol. II, cat. 125, pp. 338 - 341)
A tapestry of identical subject was sold anonymously, Christie's, New York, 24 May 2001, lot 212.