Vasily Ekimov


Vasily Petrovich Ekimov (Васи́лий Петро́вич Еки́мов; 1756-1837) was a Russian master founder. His surname is sometimes spelled Yekimov (Еки́мов) or Yakimov (Якимов).


His precise date and place of birth are unknown, but he was captured in Ottoman Turkey aged 12 and taken to Russia. There he became a pupil at the Imperial Academy of Arts in 1764[1], specialising in copperwork and chased work in 1776 and casting a miniature copy of the Peter the Great Monument in 1777. That copy won a 100 ruble prize from the Academy's Council and he left the Academy as a second-class apprentice in 1779.

He became a master craftsman in 1798 and returned to the Academy to teach casting[2]. Alexander I of Russia put him in charge of casting the Suvorov Monument to designs by Mikhail Kozlovsky in 1799. He was in charge of the Academy's foundry form 1805 to 1837 as professor and academician. In 1805 he also taught bronze-casting and in 1831 he received the title of master founder and chaser.



  1. ^ "Vasily Ekimov, Dictionnaire encyclopédique Brockhaus et Efron: 86 tonnes (82 tonnes et 4 suppléments). - SPb., 1890-1907".
  2. ^ С. Н. Кондаков. Юбилейный справочник Императорской Академии художеств. 1764-1914. — Спб.: Товарищество Р.Голике и А.Вильборг, 1915. — Т. 2. — С. 252. — 454 с.
  3. ^ "Smirnov A.A. Monument M.I. Kutuzov. - Moscow: Moscow Worker, 1986".
  4. ^ "Historical description of the monument erected to citizen Minin and Prince Pozharsky in the capital city of Moscow. - St. Petersburg: Typography of the Imperial Educational House, 1818. - S. XIII. - 229 s."