Hermann Herzog was born in Bremen, Germany. He studied at the Dusseldorf Academy in 1849 and soon established a reputation in Europe, counting among his clients such notables as Emperor Alexander of Russia and Queen Victoria. Leaving Bremen, he immigrated to Philadelphia in 1869. He began traveling the U.S. extensively and made his first trip to the West in 1873. On this trip, he sketched in Yosemite. During the ensuing thirty-two years, Herzog made several trips to the West, including sketching expeditions to Los Angeles and the Coronado Islands. In 1932, the artist died in Philadelphia.