The subject matter of this dish is traditionally considered to have been an engraving by Cornelis van Dalen, included as the frontispiece of J.Nalson's 'Journal for...the tryal of K. Charles I', published in 1684, depiciting Charles I entering Edinburgh, perhaps when he was in Scotland in 1641. The design seems to have been adapted for dishes apparently representing Charles II, James II and William III. Much argument has ensued as to which King is represented here, the presence of the facial hair being a deciding factor. On the evidence of the border pattern appearing on a dated dish of 1686, James II or William III appear to be the more likely. A similar dish from the collection of Mrs. E. Moore was sold in Sotheby's London, 17 April 1973, lot 206 (as William III), and again from the Collection of Harriet Carlton Goldweitz, Sotheby's New York, 20 January 2006, lot 23 (as Charles II).
See also the example from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Billington, sold in these Rooms, 27th February 1989, lot 136, now in the Longridge Collection and illustrated by Leslie B. Grigsby, The Longridge Collection of English Slipware and Delftware (London, 2000), pp. 44-45, D11.