In The Dalton divorce case (Boston, 1857), title vignette., Helen Dalton was accused of adultery by her husband, Frank Dalton, but maintained her innocence, arguing that her relations with her supposed lover, William Sumner, had not been improper. The ensuing divorce trial was complicated by counter-accusations of adultery and spousal neglect leveled at Frank Dalton, allegations of an aborted pregnancy, and Sumner's death following a brutal beating by Mr. Dalton. The trial became something of a public sensation, as the topic of women and morality was a subject of heated debate. The jury was ultimately unable to come to a conclusive verdict., Full-length portrait of Dalton, wearing a gown and bonnet.
In The only complete report of the Burch divorce case (New York, 1860), front wrapper., Waist-length portrait of Mrs. Burch, seated with her arm resting on a table., Mrs. Burch’s husband Isaac accused her of adultery, and she countersued that he had married her for her wealth and was carrying on a relationship outside their marriage as well.
In Report of the Forrest divorce case (New York, 1852), title vignette and p. 96., Other portraits appear in: The Forrest divorce suit, report of the trial of Catherine N. Forrest vs. Edwin Forrest for divorce (New York, 1851), p. 96, second sequence; Gleason's pictorial drawing-room companion, vol. 2, no. 9 (Feb 28, 1852), p. 144; Gleason's pictorial drawing-room companion, vol. 2, no. 17 (Apr. 24, 1852), p. 257., Bust-length portrait of Forrest, with her hair in a bun.