Index of Historic Collectors and Dealers of Cubism
McCarty-Cooper, William Augustine
Miami Springs, Fla., 1938–Los Angeles, 1991

William (Billy) Augustine McCarty-Cooper was an American interior designer and decorator who began his career working for the British decorator David Nightingale Hicks. In 1965 he opened his own design firm, William McCarty Associates, in London. His clients included many well-known figures, such as Vidal Sassoon, for whom he designed hairstyling salons. In the late 1970s he was commissioned to create French eighteenth century interiors for Didier Aaron Gallery. 

McCarty-Cooper was romantically involved with the prominent collector and scholar of Cubism Douglas Cooper. The latter adopted McCarty in 1972, and accordingly when Cooper died in 1984, McCarty-Cooper inherited Cooper’s collection. He subsequently hired the art historians Dorothy Kosinski and Angelica Rudenstine as curators, and began donating, selling, and exhibiting the collection in Europe and the United States. 

McCarty-Cooper also collected Art Deco furniture, silver, rare books, and African art. After his death, his collections were dispersed among his heirs, who sold the holdings at Christie’s New York in spring 1992.

Contributed by Anna Jozefacka, January 2015
Artwork from the Leonard A. Lauder Cubist Collection formerly owned by McCarty-Cooper:
Trees at L'Estaque
Trees at L'Estaque Georges Braque
L'Estaque, summer 1908
Nude in an Armchair
Nude in an Armchair Pablo Picasso
Horta de Ebro (present-day Horta de Sant Joan), summer 1909
Still Life with Dice
Still Life with Dice Georges Braque
Paris, summer 1911
Standing Female Nude
Standing Female Nude Pablo Picasso
Paris, winter 1906–7
Head of a Man
Head of a Man Pablo Picasso
Paris, late 1908
The Chocolate Pot
The Chocolate Pot Pablo Picasso
Paris, early 1909
Standing Woman
Standing Woman Pablo Picasso
Sorgues, summer 1912
Composition with Violin
Composition with Violin Pablo Picasso
Paris, 1912
Man Leaning on a Table with Playing Cards
Man Leaning on a Table with Playing Cards Pablo Picasso
Avignon, summer 1914
Bearded Man Playing Guitar
Bearded Man Playing Guitar Pablo Picasso
Avignon, summer 1914
Fruit Dish and Glass
Fruit Dish and Glass Georges Braque
Sorgues, autumn 1912
Still Life (The Tobacco Pouch)
Still Life (The Tobacco Pouch) Juan Gris
Beaulieu (present-day Beaulieu-les-Loches), 1918
Houses in Paris, Place Ravignan
Houses in Paris, Place Ravignan Juan Gris
Paris, 1911, possibly 1912
Still Life
Still Life Fernand Léger
1913
Drawing for "The Card Game"
Drawing for "The Card Game" Fernand Léger
1917
The Tugboat
The Tugboat Fernand Léger
1918
Two Figures with Dog
Two Figures with Dog Fernand Léger
1920
Sugar Bowl and Fan
Sugar Bowl and Fan Pablo Picasso
Paris, autumn 1909