Worked in silk, wire threads and sequins, this picture possibly shows Charles I (or maybe less likely Charles II), John Paulet, 5th Marquess of Winchester, and a third, unknown man.
John Paulet was a Royalist during the first English Civil War who defended his house in the Siege of Basing House (1643-1645) and was ultimately imprisoned by Cromwell. He later regained his lands during the Restoration of the Monarchy.
Stump work was popular during the 17th century. Figures and decorative elements were raised by placing wool or other padding under stitching, often buttonhole style.
Ellis Collection 85