Muybridge was photographing in Yosemite Valley, California in the summer of 1867 and then again in April of 1872. After this second visit in 1872, the artist stated that within the next year he would produce a series of eighteen-by-twenty-two-inch prints of Yosemite Valley. From this trip to the region he had forty-five large view negatives, thirty-six full-plates, and 379 stereographs. In 1873 Muybridge agreed to publish a selection of these Yosemite photographs with the San Francisco based studio of Bradley and Rulofson in the form of a fifty-three page catalogue (Peter E. Palmquist and Thomas R. Kalbourn, Pioneer Photographers of the Far West: A Biographical Dictionary, 1849-1865, Stanford University Press, 2000, p. 409-414). The issuing of this 1873 catalogue, of which the present lot was a part, propelled the prestige of the Bradley and Rulfoson studio.
Henry William Bradley arrived in California from North Carolina during the Gold Rush and opened his photography studio in 1850. William Herman Rulofson arrived in 1849 from Canada. He began photographing miners in 1850 from a mobile daguerreotype wagon in Sonora and in 1863 joined partnership with Bradley.