Paul E. Poincy
Poincy was born in New Orleans, and studied art in Paris at the Académie Julien and at the École des Beaux-Arts. His studies in Paris extended from 1852 to 1859, during which time he was influenced by Parisian artists Marc-Charles-Gabriel Gleyre and Léon Cogniet. On his return to New Orleans, Poincy opened a studio with French-born artist Richard Clague. He subsequently served in the Confederate Army during the US Civil War. Following military service, Poincy had a close association with artist Victor Pierson. The collaboration resulted in the painting Volunteer Firemen's Parade, a noted work completed in 1872. Poincy was a founder of the Southern Art Union.