Miklos Suba collection, circa 1900 to 2007

Call Number: 2009.014

Extent: 2.0 Linear feet, in one record carton and one oversize folder.

The collection consists of items related to artist Miklos Suba. The bulk of the of the collection relates to work depicting barber shop poles in Brooklyn, including 12 scale models of barbershop poles and corresponding sketches and working drawings for the models; sketches and renderings without corresponding models; and newspaper clippings about barbershops and barbershop poles in Brooklyn. All drawings and models were created circa 1940 to 1942.

Miklos Suba was an Hungarian-American artist, born in Szatmar, Hungary, on April 1, 1880. He studied architecture at the Royal Hungarian Technical University of Budapest, graduating in 1902. In 1903, he studied painting at the Vienna Academy, before returning to Budapest to work as an architect. In World War I he served in the Astro-Hungarian army. He married an American woman, May, and in 1913 fathered a daughter, Susanne. The Suba family immigrated to the United States in 1924, settling in Brooklyn, New York. Inspired by his new surroundings, he began painting in what would become known as the Precisionist style. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston), the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Brooklyn Museum. He died on July 18, 1944.

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  • James Graham & Sons.
  • Suba, Miklos, 1880-1944


  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)


  • Art — Exhibitions
  • Artists — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Barbershops — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Painters — New York (State) — Kings County
  • Precisionism

Types of material:

  • Books
  • Clippings (information artifacts)
  • Drawings (visual works)
  • Exhibition catalogs
  • Photographs
  • Renderings (drawings)
  • Scale models

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