Bangda Dong was also known as Feiwen (courtesy name) and Dongshan (pseudonym). He was born in Fuyang, Zhejiang, China in 1699. In 1733 he served as a junior compiler in the Hanlin Academy and participated in the compilation of the first edition of Shih-ch'ü pao-chi (a catalog of paintings and calligraphy in imperial collection) and later was promoted to a minister in the Ministries of Works and of Rites. Dong's work reflects aesthetic influence of Yuan Dynasty. He likes to use a dry brush to depict mountains and peaks in landscape paintings.