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Overexposed: The naked truth behind Whistler’s iconic Toad Hall poster 

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    Overexposed

    The naked truth behind Whistler's iconic Toad Hall poster
    In a scene from the 1908 children's novel, The Wind in the Willows, the central character of Mr. Toad — a wealthy anthropomorphic animal with a penchant for fast cars and tweed suits — hums a tune to a rapt audience that exists only in his mind. The lyrics of this little ditty perfectly capture the reckless abandon with which Mr. Toad lived his life: He boasts of smashing a window and crashing in a door, of vexing a group of weary weasels to the point of fainting.

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