In the short story, Reginald on the Academy, Saki writes:
[Reginald]: "To die before being painted by Sargent is to go to Heaven prematurely."
Firstly, does this quote from Reginald imply that he is adverse to being painted by Sargent (John Singer Sargent, 1856-1925), and if so why?
Secondly, how would one reach heaven prematurely, or quicker, than someone painted by Sargent? Is Heaven, in this context, defined not as the christian afterlife but, as Lexico defines it, "a place, state, or experience of supreme bliss."?