In 1751, writer Henry Fielding proclaimed that "gin stores are undoubtedly the nurseries of all sorts of vice and wickedness."
To illustrate this decline in public virtue, English artist William Hogarth published eight paintings depicting "A Rake's Progress" between 1732 and 1734. One of Hogarth's most notorious works, the downfall of the protagonist Tom Rakewell, is depicted through his exposure to high living, prostitutes and gambling.
Inspired by these Hogarth scenes of degeneracy in the Georgian metropolis, we revive their spirit in Rake & Ruin - a fragrance that captures an evening in a tavern where gin flows, good times are had and the downward spiral begins ...
This powerful eau de parfum (concentration 30%) shows the botanical ingredients of the drinks that filled the glasses, the dark woods of the floors on which they were spilled and animalic allusions to the debauched deeds that took place between them.