Richel lived in Amsterdam, and according to the Museum was a humble man with a big smile and a passion for the occult and ritual magic.
Richel’s collection came via his father-in-law, a Mr Eldermans, head of a sex magickal org called the ‘Ars Amatoria’, or A.A. This may or may not have been related to Aleister Crowley’s order the A.A., which depending on who you talk to, may or may not have stood for Argenteum Astrum, the Silver Star. There may have been some overlap between the two orders, while both Richel and Eldermans were involved with another group, the M.M., about which nothing much is known.
Much of the Eldermans collection was destroyed before Richel could save it and unfortunately the index was burnt.
You can also buy a beautiful – and justly, fabulously expensive – book of some of the Richel-Eldermans images, The Occult Reliquary, assembled by Daniel Schulke and Three Hands Press – here’s a glimpse.