More expatriate resident than tourist, Henry James visited and revisited Venice on numerous occasions between 1869 and 1894, becoming a central figure in the American expatriate community.  He stayed as a guest first with the American hostess Katherine Bronson, whose salon at Casa Alvisi on the Grand Canal was presided over by Browning and Whistler, then at that alternative salon at Palazzo Barbaro run by the hospitable Bostonian Curtises which was immortalized by Sargent in his painting An Interior in Venice.  The palace provided inspiration for both The Aspern Papers and Wings of the Dove.    A few years later James returned to the palazzo as a guest of Isabella Stewart Gardner and had to spend the night in the library because there were no spare bedrooms: